Subject: Re: [NYCGA-IWG] Digital Tools Summary?
From: Andrew Rose
Date: Mon, 7 Nov 2011 08:52:22 -0800 (PST)
To: "" <>

google groups and maestro are doing a lot for us,

occupy boulder has been using a google group for each working group and that's pretty ok for what we call Asynchronous discussion.  Our current challenge is when the group gets big and the thread heats up.  We want to transition to Synchronous since everyone's there.  too many emails when we call for 'twinkles'.  experimenting with +1 feature, but it's not sufficient.

need two apps, one simple the other not.  If you are google API savvy and think this is easy, or you can get this feature request to Google Goups dev:
"The Twinkle App"

launches (from google group thread display page) in a resizable, scrollable window;
the names of all the "authors" in the thread appear in a list, perhaps multicolumn if the window is small;
with an icon in front of the name (gray circle);
roll over on icon displays drop down menu;
{listening, twinkling, concerned, blocking, offline}  simpler {gray,green,yellow,red,black}
settings dialog box to set twinkle time (defaults to 10 seconds, then reverts to listening)

"Go Live app"  (maybe maestro fills this need)
launches (from google group display page) in resizable scrollable window:
IP video or IP audio for all authors in the thread,
each visible user has either small video window or mic icon indicating connected through audio, AND the twinkle icon as described above
toggle button with mic icon:  White {no one has it, available}, Grey {I have it}, Dark Grey {someone else has it}


Andrew Rose 303.532.6780 Boulder, CO, MA Counseling Psychology
Play Therapy, Child EMDR, Couples, Individual EMDR & Brainspotting - - -

From: Christian Smith-Socaris <>
To: internet working group <>
Sent: Sunday, November 6, 2011 8:39 PM
Subject: [NYCGA-IWG] Digital Tools Summary?

Hi all,

Info is creating a working group information packet and it seems smart to include a sheet that points to and explains the online tools available to the working groups.  Does something like that exist?  If not, is there a list that I could build off of?